Twenty20 cricket has made a lot of appeal to the global audience especially to the younger generation but regrettably, Bangladesh haven’t had the best success when it comes to the shortest format of the game. So, turning Bangladesh into a competitive T20 side would be the main goal for Mahmudullah Riyad, who is all set to lead the team as permanent captain against the Blackcaps in New Zealand later this month. The outcome of the upcoming 3-match series will affect the ICC’s T20I rankings. So, this article highlights the Twenty20 rankings prediction of Bangladesh and New Zealand at the end of the series.
On the other side, New Zealand are now at the fifth position with 252 points but will move down to the sixth position if they lose one of their next two matches against arch-rival Australia. If that happens then the Kiwis have to whitewash Bangladesh in their upcoming series should they want to retain the fifth position.
Bangladesh are currently in the 8th position with 230 points. They have a real chance to improve their rankings as winning the series away from home will push the team tigers to the seventh position in the ICC twenty20 rankings. Similarly, failing to win a match will push them down to 10th place.To date, Bangladesh have won 33% of their twenty20 matches and the majority of their victories have come against the weaker oppositions. So, BCB is eager to take the Bangladesh T20 side to the next level in order to get notable success in major tournaments. The series against New Zealand will assess the overall strength of Bangladesh’s current T20 squad.
In another context, New Zealand will remain in the fifth position if they win the series against Bangladesh. But to make it happen, they will have to clinch the ongoing series against Australia by 4-1.
Let’s take a look at how ICC’s T20I rankings prediction gives us an idea about the series-end ranking scenario.
Source: United News of Bangladesh